A ruptured plantar fascia is a very painful tear in the largest ligament in the foot (the plantar fascia). It often mimics the most common type of heel pain called plantar fasciitis. Cortisone heel spur injections (steroid shots intended to treat heel pain) can put you at risk for a rupture of the plantar fascia. This painful condition causes arch pain, heel pain, and sometimes swelling or bruising in the bottom of the foot. It will not usually get better on its own.
Neuritis is simply pain resulting from an irritated nerve. The sural nerve is one of the five nerves that crosses the ankle and then provides sensation to the foot. The sural nerve travels down the back of the leg along the Achilles tendon and crosses over to the back of the fibula (outside or “lateral” ankle bone) before it curves down along the heel and proceeds out to the little toe. The sural nerve only provides sensation to a small area along the outside of the foot and the 4th and 5th toes.
A fracture is a break in the bone. Midfoot fractures involve the bases of the metarsal bones, the cuniform bones, navicular or the cuboid bone. These can be debilitating injuries if not properly treated. All fractures of the mid-foot warrant an evaluation by a foot fracturespecialist, even if initial treatment has been started in the emergency room.
Coming soon! What is Extensor Tendonitis? The extensor tendons are a group of tendons on the top of the foot. They start up in the front of the leg (in the anterior anatomic compartment) and pass down the leg along the shin, in front of the ankle, and across the top of the foot […]